Music & Performing Arts

Nominations open for young musicians from across the UK to join the National Orchestra for All

Nominations open for young musicians from across the UK to join the National Orchestra for All

The UK’s only national youth orchestra for young musicians of all skill levels from disadvantaged backgrounds has announced that it is now accepting nominations for aspiring young players to take part in its 2019-2020 season. The nine-month season includes residential course in Leeds, London and Birmingham and high-profile performances at cultural venues around the country.

Fulham FC footballers wowed by Christmas single created by students with disabilities

Fulham FC footballers at the song launch

Players of Fulham FC were delighted to be among the first to hear ‘Are You Ready for Christmas?’, a Christmas single created by a group of young people attending The Children’s Trust School for children with complex education, health, therapy and care needs. 

Calum Chambers, Floyd Ayite, Cyrus Christie, Joe Bryan, Jean Michael Seri and Aboubakar Kamara joined the young people for a festive music session, and an exclusive preview of the music video that they have created. 

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

Playstage Junior & Playstage YA

PLAYSTAGE JUNIOR 

We have been selling quality school plays to English speaking schools around the world for 15 years. Since Playstage Junior started in 2002, our plays have been performed by English-speaking primary schools and youth groups in 43 countries! And we are always reaching new markets

Many of our customers come back time and time again because they know that our plays are fun and audiences adore them. Teachers love the plays because they are so easy to purchase and download and we give teachers and youth leaders full production notes that offer invaluable help with props, sound effects, scenery and costumes.

Help a child to feel safe for the first time by using Christingle

Christingle poster from the 60s

With two months to go until Christmas, The Children’s Society has launched its #Christingle50 campaign – supporting vulnerable young people through raising funds at Christingle events and a collaboration with The Royal Academy of Music.

The charity report that 200,000* 10 to 17 year olds in the UK are experiencing emotional neglect on a regular basis.

Children from across the world gather in London to celebrate success in International poetry, art and song competition

Children from across the world gather in London to celebrate success in International poetry, art and song competition

Never Such Innocence (NSI) has successfully engaged almost 7,000 children from over 350 schools in 43 countries in commemorating the First World War through poetry, art and song. Today, the commemorative charity will celebrate its fourth and final centenary competition, in which children from across the world have submitted poems, artwork or songs inspired by the events of the Great War.

NSI launched the centenary competition last autumn and the winners have now been selected from every corner of the United Kingdom, as well as Greece, Malaysia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda and the USA, to name but a few. 

Autism with Attitude street dance group make history as first SEN students to qualify for dance world championships!

Jonathan Baron

Street dance group ‘Autism with Attitude’ have made history as the first special needs dance team to qualify for the United Dance Organisations (UDO) World Championships in Glasgow.

 

Members of the group have developed their skills since attending Hillingdon Manor School, in Uxbridge. Teacher Jonathan Baron said: “The SEN dance world is currently very small and in fact they were the first dance team with special needs to take part in the event.”

 

Hillingdon Manor is an Outcomes First Group centre of excellence in education and development, for children aged five to 19 years with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

Pupils’ artwork to grace walls of prestigious gallery

One of the winning entries from The-Grange School's art competition for World Autism Awareness Week

Manchester Art Gallery to host World Autism Awareness Week exhibition

A school which serves Manchester’s autistic community and their families has joined forces with Manchester Art Gallery to launch an art competition culminating in an exclusive exhibition to mark World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April). 

The competition was organised by Gorton-based Grange School, and received more than 100 entries from pupils, parents and school staff across Manchester living with autism. Judges are selecting 12 winners who will have their work exhibited in the prestigious gallery.  

The Benefits of Music for Autistic Children

Child playing the drum

A look into how regular exposure to music can be used to help children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)

Music is a powerful source of communication because it has the ability to reach anyone and everyone.  Quite like nothing else, exposure to music on a regular basis allows people of any age, gender, with or without learning difficulty, deafness, blindness or other disability, to experience its effects in some way.  Even though music is usually associated with being something you listen to with your ears, there are a series of pitches that can also be felt by touch, such as the vibrations caused when a drum is played which can be of great benefit to children with an auditory disability.

DAC Beachcroft LLP joins forces with Bristol Music Trust to boost inclusive music making in the city

Music making

Music making opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is given a boost, thanks to a new partnership announced today (14 December) between Bristol Music Trust and DAC Beachcroft LLP. 

The leading international law firm will support Bristol Music Trust’s inclusive arts education programme, A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence.
The programme aims to develop a sustainable and long-term strategy that delivers a high-quality, inclusive music offer to those in most need, setting a new standard of excellence for music education in the Greater Bristol area.